When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear
Over the past few weeks, I have written and talked about our upcoming Day of Champions Event and National Grand Championship Tournament that is going on this weekend in here in Southern California.
There are many great reasons to attend these events – meeting students like yourself, meeting other Z-Ultimate family members from across the country that share your passion for the martial arts and being able to enjoy one of the most professional, safe and family-oriented atmospheres you will ever encounter at a martial arts event.
But that is not the most important reason…
You may have heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
The “teacher” referred to in this saying is usually a person, but it can also be an event; something that happens to you that has a profound impact on who you are and how you think.
One of those times for me was the summer of 1996, at a martial arts tournament. At that tournament, I won the sparring and kata divisions for Black Belt men, and placed 2nd in weapons competition.
More importantly, it was the first time my father had ever seen me compete or do any sort of martial arts. It was an emotional moment when I won the final point of the sparring match and my father, in his excitement, ran out onto the floor to hug me. I’ll never forget that moment and it permanently changed my relationship with my father for the better. That “event” taught my father and I very much.
You Don’t Know When This May Happen to You
You never know when an event like this may happen to you; all we can do is keep an open mind and open heart and expose ourselves to situations where we can “allow” our “teacher” to appear.
This weekend – our Day of Champions and National Grand Championship Tournament – could be that moment for you.
You will get the chance to meet and train with people like Master Ryan Lloyd, 5th Degree Black Belt. Master Lloyd has been a martial artists since childhood and recently was one of the “The Nine” – nine high-level Black Belts that were promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt at Corporate Headquarters in Huntington Beach, California.
Master Lloyd has been training and teaching in the martial arts for over twenty years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with anyone who is interested enough to learn. He will be just one of the high-level Black Belts and former Tournament Champions that will be teaching at the “Day of Champions” event and in attendance at the National Grand Championship Tournament.
Meeting and training with Master Lloyd may serve as a “teacher” for you, but only if you are at the “Day of Champions” event and National Grand Championship Tournament.
I know I’ll be there, and I look forward to seeing you there, too.
To your best,
P.S. – It is not too late to register to attend; contact your instructor or local Z-Ultimate location for details.
P.P.S. – If you haven’t registered for the tournament yet, contact you location right away; today is the deadline.
P.P.P.S – Follow the blue links if you have any questions on the Tournament or Day of Champions.